Monday, May 27, 2013

Heat packs and heat therapy

Heat Packs Therapy

What is heat therapy used for?

Heat packs can reduce muscle spasms, reduce joint stiffness, and make soft tissue more limber. Heat can be used to help loosen tight muscles and joints during a warm-up period before exercise. For example, you may put moist heat packs on tight leg muscles before running, or on your shoulder before throwing, or on tight neck or back muscles.
heat pack
Sports Therapy wrap heat pack

When should I use heat?

Use heat packs for stiff muscles and joints when you are trying to make them more limber. Do not use heat in the first few days after an injury or while your injury has any swelling because heat increases blood flow and can worsen swelling.

How should I use heat?

Moist heat is more effective than dry heat because it penetrates more deeply, which increases the effect on muscles, joints, and soft tissue. Use it for 15 to 20 minutes or longer if recommended by your health care provider.

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